What are The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy ® (ATMAT)
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapies™ or ATMAT® as they are known in the western world have been developed and honed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo. Dr. Arvigo is a naprapath, herbalist and spiritual healer who has lived and studied with traditional healers, shamans and midwives in Central America for more than 30 years.
ATMAT® is an ancient technique of abdominal massage that has been known and practiced by healers for thousands of years. Dr. Arvigo learned these techniques from her mentor, Don Elijio Panti, the great Mayan shaman of Belize with whom she apprenticed for 13 years. He died in 1996 at the age of 103.
Her training in naprapathy which manipulates muscles, ligaments and connective tissue and her knowledge of human anatomy and physiology complemented Don Elijio’s methods of healing with herbs, massage, prayer and laughter. Thus ATMAT ® combines ancient Mayan wisdom and modern scientific knowledge.
This modality incorporates a holistic approach to health through physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Dr. Arvigo believes that with any natural healing technique, these areas must be simultaneously addressed to promote optimal health.
Don Elijio considered that a woman’s ‘centre’ is her uterus. “If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she”. Midwives and healers of Central America agree that most female troubles are caused by the wandering womb.
In 2000 Dr. Arvigo established the Arvigo Institute to train other health care practitioners. It is her mission to share this powerful and sacred work with women and men throughout the world.
What is it ?
ATMAT is an external, non-invasive and nurturing treatment of the abdominal and pelvic area that gently guides internal organs into their appropriate anatomical positions for optimum health and well being.
The technique works by relieving diaphragmatic tension & congestion and blockages throughout the abdomen and pelvis to improve the flow of chi and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.
This therapy is effective for both men and women. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are offered as a supportive modality to enhance health and wellness, and are not meant as an entire approach to health care. If you have any serious medical conditions, please consult your health care provider first.
An important and empowering aspect of this work is that clients are taught self care tools to nurture and heal their own bodies.
How does it differ from other massage techniques?
At the core of the technique is the positioning of the uterus. The ancient Maya believed that the position of the uterus is vital to pelvic health. If it is out of position, women can experience problems such as pelvic and menstrual pain, frequent urination, bladder problems, painful intercourse, adhesions, chronic cystitis, and problems conceiving to name a few.
How does the uterus become misplaced?
Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the centre of the pelvis, about two centimetres above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach is to the front, back, and sides of the pelvis.
Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing foetus inside and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full. The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side. A uterus in any of these positions is called tilted or prolapsed. Modern medicine has little or nothing to offer women with this problem. Options may include using the birth control pill, muscle relaxants, or surgery, and women are generally told, “your uterus is tipped, but that it is normal and not to worry about it.”
Injury to the sacrum from a fall, car accidents, high impact exercise, running on cement surfaces, high impact aerobics, wearing high heels, lifting and carrying heavy objects before or during menstruation and too soon after childbirth can all be causes of a misplaced uterus.
Women experience numerous physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed and prevented with the simple, non invasive massage techniques of ATMAT. The emphasis is on helping the body heal itself and to empower the client. The client is shown how to perform self-care techniques and is encouraged to become actively involved in their healing process.
Lifestyle and nutritional advice, flower essences and other supportive modalities are offered when needed.
Pregnancy & The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®
Your uterus is your baby’s first home. Help prepare this loving “nest” by taking excellent care of yourself.
Benefits of Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy in Pregnancy
• Improved digestion with better absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste
• Relief of pain and discomforts of pregnancy
• Improved blood flow to pelvic floor muscles
• Increased oxytocin during massage may increase oxytocin receptors for labour
• Improved blood flow to baby
• Reduced tension and anxiety
• Increase the 5 systems of flow to the uterus and placenta
• Improved potential for the sacrum, “the magic bone of fertility”, to oscillate during labour
• Improved fetal positioning for birth.
Frequently Asked Questions by Women
Are these techniques recommended for all women?
Almost every woman, even those who have had hysterectomies can benefit greatly from the Arvigo Techniques through improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and a decrease in the formation of scar tissue.
Direct application over the uterus is not performed:
• During menstrual bleeding
• Within the first 6 weeks following a normal vaginal delivery or the first 3 months after a c-section
• For a woman using an IUD for birth control
• If cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or undergoing chemotherapy for this condition
• During the first trimester of pregnancy
How does ATAMAT help with PREGNANCY, LABOUR & Birth
By strengthening and toning the uterus, ligaments and other pelvic organs, the massage helps to place and maintain the uterus in her optimal position for giving birth. For women who have had a C-section, this technique is beneficial for breaking up scar tissue in the same way it works for women who have had hysterectomies. Treatments can be performed 12 weeks after C-section delivery.
Does the treatment work with IVF?
The treatment is a wonderful way to balance and connect in with your uterus throughout your IVF journey. Treatments can be performed during FSH medication and whilst blood tests are being done to check hormone levels right up until follicles are to be measured.
Treatments can then be performed again once eggs have been removed right up until eggs are implanted. The treatment will help improve circulation to the pelvic area as well as helping to correct a displaced uterus.
I’ve had a Hysterectomy – how do the Arvigo Techniques help?
Women who have had hysterectomies benefit greatly from these techniques as it improves circulation in and around the area of the scar. When circulation is improved, scar tissue will be prevented from forming in the pelvis after surgery. Ligaments and other remaining organs are benefited from improving circulatory flow to the pelvis.